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If your town is anything like mine, you know just how hard the pandemic has hit small businesses. I’ve been trying my best to support local shops, restaurants and small business owners as much as possible; in fact, I was featured in this Thrive Global article back in April on how people are supporting their […]

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Shop Small Businesses

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If you read my previous post, you’ll recall my daughters and I did a mandatory 14-day quarantine when we went home to Canada to see my family. Overall, I did a pretty good job of preparing and packing (minus forgetting my older daughter’s laptop charger), but I thought I’d share a few things I wish […]

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What I Wish I Had Brought Into Quarantine

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If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I was born and raised in Canada. I’ve lived all over the U.S., but settled in Michigan in 2005, so I could be within an hour’s drive of my family across the border. In normal times, we’d see my parents every week or every other […]

Quarantining with kids

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Prepping For Quarantine in a Different Country

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If you’re an email subscriber of mine, you hear this last week (and if you’re not subscribed, sign up here). You haven’t heard from me in a couple of months and there’s a good reason: I burned out. It’s actually somewhat ironic because I’ve spoken on international stages about organizational culture, employee engagement, well-being and, […]

The Holdsworth Family

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I Did It…I Burned Out

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We’ve all been at home now for the better part of two months, and probably, like many of you, my husband and I have been trying to squeeze in some sort of date night here and there. But after a few too many movie nights where we stuffed ourselves silly with popcorn and candy and […]

Best date night at home ideas

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The 15 Best Date Night (at Home) Ideas

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Learn how to hygge at home while slowing down your life.

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Hygge At Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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NOTE: I originally wrote this post for LittleGuide Detroit, so be sure to click through and check out all of their great tips and activities. On Friday, March 13th, 2020 at 6am, I awoke to the news that my daughter’s school district was shutting down through April 13th as a precautionary measure to the coronavirus […]

Inexpensive ways to keep the kids busy while they are out of school

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Inexpensive Ways to Keep The Kids Busy While They’re Out of School

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Is anyone else a tote hoarder? Are you always searching for the perfect ONE, the one bag that can do it all: look good for work, traveled well and can carry around a laptop, chargers, makeup, snacks, a water bottle, a change of clothes for the kiddos and books you never get to read? Yeah, […]

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The Perfect Totes For Work, Play and Travel

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If you’re a mom, especially with young kids, you probably have little to no time to relax de-stress, let alone extra money to spend on spa treatments or massages. I’m in the same boat. I haven’t been taking a lot of time for myself because, well, there hasn’t been much time to take. But, I’ve […]

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5 Inexpensive Ways To De-stress

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As a mom, I’ve had it all: mom guilt and anxiety. Being too attached to my phone. Feeling like I should be doing more, when, in fact, I want to do less. For the last two weeks, I’ve been pretty down about the helicopter crash in California, which took the lives of parents and their […]

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